Gambino, the alter ego of actor Donald Glover, was one of several influential stars who were no shows at the biggest night in music.
Carlile won three honours in the Americana category and will compete for the three biggest awards during the live show: album, song and record of the year.
Women artists scored nominations in all of the top categories, after being largely muted a year ago: Gaga, Carlile, rapper Cardi B and pop futurist Janelle Monae are among the frontrunners.
But, if and when you hear her name tonight, in the context of nominees or as the victor, now you know a little more about who she is.
Cardi B, who was to perform later on Sunday, could break that trend and take home not only her first Grammy, but potentially become the first rapper since 2004 to win the coveted album of the year award for her "Invasion of Privacy".
Possible wintry mix may bring snow, sleet, rain on Tuesday
Despite a slightly "warmer" start, the afternoon won't be much warmer: highs stay in the upper 40s and lower 50s again. The upper levels of the atmosphere will be warming, but temperatures at the surface will still be below freezing.
Gusty Saturday as Storm Erik brings wet and windy weather
Storm Erik's strong winds will bring another blustery day across Scotland , with flooding likely in some parts due to heavy rain. There will be a spell of heavier rain accompanying the strong gusts with snow over the tops of the Pennines.
6N: Knee injury rules England lock Itoje out of next 2 games
He played all 80 minutes plus a club game for Saracens before the knee swelled up and the injury was discovered. We always look at different combinations and we'll be doing that over the next few days".
Women are hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them a year ago to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night.
Ariana Grande won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show.
Cuban-born Camila Cabello kicked off the televised show with a dance heavy performance of her hit single "Havana" with Latin artists J Balvin, Ricky Martin and Young Thug. Instead, it was 100 percent Gaga - and singer Gaga, not actress Gaga - up on that stage, back to her old tricks of belting out lyrics amid leg kicks, insane faces and whipping her hair back and forth. "Thank you for being my island", she said.
Keys told CBS news this year´s greater representation from women was "far overdue".
This year's show exhibits some efforts to combat these diversity issues - the academy, which The Times reported has invited 900 new members to vote, expanded major categories from five to eight nominees.
Some complained that a black artist should be involved in the tribute, while others said stronger vocalists should perform over Lopez.
A performance honoring the legacy of the late "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin is also expected.